17 July 2006

Christianity Is Not An Ice Cream Sundae!

Jesus did not mention homosexuality, and it is a lie to say He did. Christians must follow the example of Jesus and confront those vicious predators who use the Christian religion as a camouflage for bullying. We must be as understanding and kind as we can be, but to be tolerant of the oppression of others is not true tolerance.

Gay bashing is not just an opinion, it is an assault. Just as the (Ku Klux) Klan did, religious fundamentalists have a right to believe that homosexuality is a sin. They even have a right to preach a message of hate. But when they harass people in public, it is time for Christians to rise to challenge their intolerance. We have an obligation to protect our neighbors from harassment and slander, especially when it is done in our name.

The above quotes were taken from The Huffington Post, a blogsite run by political commentator Arianna Huffington. It comes from the Reverend Jim Rigby, a progressive Christian and one of the blog's regular contributors. What follows is my response to the Reverend's posting of 12 July 2006, part of which appears below it as feedback.

I appreciate and applaud Rev. Rigby's recognition that Gay bashing isn't Christian. He's certainly got the right idea. Yet he undermines his own position when he says that fundamentalists "have a right to preach a message of hate." What? WHAT? That is heresy! No one who calls himself a Christian can claim such a right! Neither can anyone who calls himself a Christian assign such a right. How can hatred figure in Jesus Christ's message of unconditonal love? It cannot! Hatred and haters have no sanctuary in the house of God.

Rev. Rigby seems not to understand what so-called evangelical Christians are. They believe they have a mandate to spread their version of the Gospel. They recruit people into their ranks via evangelism. They are not going to place any restriction on where, when or to whom they preach their intolerant beliefs. The Reverend might as well tell a gossip: "You can spread your vicious lies among your close friends, but don't tell them to anyone else." What folly! The gossip spreads her malicious talk as far as she can spread it, and evangelicals do the same thing. The solution is not to try and limit the scope of their message. The solution is to repudiate their message and do everything possible to distinguish it from true Christian teachings!

Nothing could be more harmful than allowing the sacred teachings of our Lord to become a vehicle for bigotry, and I don't just mean harmful for Lesbians and Gay men. That kind vehicle harms everyone it comes in contact with. It makes a complete mockery of the Christ's message!

In an honorable attempt to extend Freedom of Speech rights to every citizen, we Americans have done a most dishonorable thing. We have given free reign to wicked false prophets, and they've used it to mangle the Christian faith until it has become something that the Christ Himself doesn't recognize. If something hateful is mouthed by someone brandishing a Bible, we seem to be afraid to call it hate speech. Yet, what kind of speech could possibly be more hateful than the kind that places a whole section of humanity outside the range of God's love?

I've come to believe that those on the Left who insist that "Jesus did not mention homosexuality" are really saying that He found homosexual persons beneath his notice. Their existence and their activities were of no importance to the Savior at all. They're basically saying: "Jesus Christ ignored the homosexual (person), so everyone else should ignore them, too." It's like they want to protect Gay people by making them invisible! If you've been reading this blog with any degree of regularity, you know that I couldn't disagree more with such a strategy.

The Christ DID mention homosexuality! In fact, He did more than just mention it. He explained it, in the 19th chapter of Matthew. He called Gay people "born eunuchs", and He did not mean for them to be invisible! He meant for them to be seen as evidence of His Holy work. Of those He called to service, He is quoted as saying:

MATTHEW 5:14-16
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.

The good works of God's Gay children include the abundance of music, art, literature and public service they have given to the world. Anyone who was born a Lesbian or a Gay man can learn the truth about their sexuality in the Biblical and certain Gnostic Gospels. Homosexual and/or androgynous persons are spiritual eunuchs. They walk on the Earth just as their counterparts walk in Heaven, and it is at the behest of the Messiah that they do so (see Matthew 16:28). Therefore, to attack those human beings the Christ called born eunuchs is the equivalent of attacking the Christ Himself! (So-called) homosexuality is anything but the loathesome thing Bible fundamentalists say that it is. It is a blessing from God! Rather than seethe with loathing at the sight of a Lesbian or a Gay man, heterosexual Christians should rejoice! It is a sign that the Savior will return to us.

More and more, those who call themselves Conservative Christians are basing their belief system on the premise that God despises Lesbians and Gay men. This blasphemous lie must be obliterated! It cannot be allowed to remain the basis of anyone's belief in God.

How cruel to undermine someone's belief system, you might think. Is it more cruel than letting someone believe falsely, only to find himself confronted with the truth on Judgment Day? Isn't it kinder to let someone know ahead of time that he is not following Christian tenets when he vilifies God's children?

Not only does Rev. Rigby not comprehend the nature of evangelical faith, he also seems to misunderstand what Christianity is on the most basic level. Christianity is not like an ice cream sundae that you can choose to eat with or without fudge topping! You have to eat it the same way every time. The only acceptable topping is unconditional love! Top the Christian message with hatred, and it is no longer Christian. It is no longer fit to eat! Its validity, its usefulness, its whole raison d'être is erased, and instead of leading people to Heaven, it diverts them toward Hell. You cannot be a true Christian and believe it's OK for that to happen!

Everybody in this world who is a true Christian must actively oppose the false Christianity which has taken root among us. We can't ever make peace with it! When hatred is spewed from the pulpit, those of us who have the courage to do so must stand up in our pews and denounce it! Those of us who don't have that kind of courage must still be courageous. We must rise from our seats and walk out of that church so our ears will not be filled with blasphemy. Blasphemy poisons the spirit! We must seek God elsewhere, because there's one thing of which you can be sure: God and Satan do not reside in the same house! We must prove ourselves worthy of wearing the name "Christian".

There's one thing Rev. Rigby and I agree on 100%: We must cultivate an intolerance for religious intolerance! If we accept it . . . if we allow this horrible cancer to fester and grow . . . then we will have participated in the destruction of our own faith.